In an interview on July 9th, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said that she was “overwhelmed” by the response by non-black people to the Black Lives Matter movement and those joining in on the protests.
But she also expressed frustration with the “white allies.”
Breed had an issue with the “takeover of the movement by white people.”
“I want people to respect the opinions and feelings of Black people and allow us to decide what is in our best interest. I talk about the plan to reduce the police budget and reallocate those resources to the African American community, and a large number of non-Blacks reached out to tell me what I should do for the Black community. Then, they say what their community deserves because of their challenges as well. That really bothered me. The Black community [of San Francisco] is capable of speaking for ourselves and deciding what’s in our best interest.”
At the same time, she argued that white people can have no way of knowing what’s good for black people. Furthermore, these same white people shouldn’t be allowed to use a rights movement to also ask for help for their communities, because they’re white.
All that from a movement that’s supposedly fighting against racism.
“What’s happening in San Francisco now, and has for so many years, is you have a progressive movement made up of people who are mostly white and feel that they know what’s in the best interest of Black people. I’m over that.
I think it’s important that we support and respect the Black people here enough to know that we have a mind of our own. Because half the policies pushed in San Francisco are “progressive policies” that don’t work for Black people. Because, if they did, why are things far worse for Black people here? In San Francisco, a city where less than 5 to 6% of the population is African American and yet we are disproportionately overrepresented in everything that’s bad: high school dropouts, arrests, homelessness. You name it.”
It should be reminded that San Francisco became infamous in January 2019 for having more drug addicts than high school students.
Also, since it was such a common event, an app called Snapcrap was created, in order to track public defecation.
Additionally, District Attorney Chesa Boudin refuses to prosecute nearly all non-violent crimes.
Mayor Breed is actively diverting money away from the police department to invest in black communities. A majority of black Americans do not support this idea. Overall support has been dropping as violence in many cities has escalated.
To the activists who have been critical of her leadership, Breed had a few words when she was asked if she had been misunderstood:
“Yes, but I don’t care that I am by people who have privilege. Let me be clear: In most cases, they’ve never had to live like I’ve had to live. I had to live in a public housing development that they wouldn’t have even dared set foot in. This is over 20 years, not just two years, of my life. I’ve been working in the trenches for my community my entire life.
And none of these people have been in the trenches when we were dealing with issues of police brutality on a regular basis. Almost every day you’re hearing that someone that you loved was killed. I think part of it is, my experience is what determines how I make decisions. The good news is the people who know me and love me from the neighborhood I grew up in, they understand why I do what I do. They’re not “activists,” but they love and they trust me.”
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